2023 APCCMPD Annual Conference 



March 9-10, 2023
Portland, OR


Lundy Braun, PhD

Brown University
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies

Race-Based Corrections in Pulmonary Medicine: An Historical Perspective

Thursday, March 9, 2023 / 9:25 AM - 10:25 AM (PST)

Dr. Lundy Braun is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies and a member of the STS Program. Her research analyzes the historical role of science, medicine, and public health in the production of racial hierarchies. Specifically, her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to study the structures of inequality, including the epistemological dimensions of racist, sexist, and class divisions in society that work to naturalize human difference in clinical medicine and public health theory and practice. Projects include 1) the history of race and racism embedded in theories and mathematic formulas assessing lung function; kidney function; and race-norming of concussions (with Lucia Trimbur); 2) the social, political, and scientific production of invisibility about work-related diseases due to asbestos and silica exposure in the mines of South Africa; and 3) the contemporary debate over race, genomics, genetic ancestry, and health inequality, as it impacts explanatory frameworks and especially medical pedagogy. She has participated in national and international workshops on race, imperialism, genetics, and health and is the recipient of a Professional Development Award from the NSF; a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Public Health at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and a Scholar Award from the NSF. She has also founded a Working Group on Race, Medicine, and Social Justice at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, which she now co-directs with Dr. Taneisha Wilson.

She is the author of Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), for which she received the 2018 Ludwig Fleck Award from the 4S (and Honorable Mention for the 2017 Rachel Carson Award).


Marcela Azevedo, MD

Cleveland Clinic
Interventional Pulmonologist

The Role of Physicians in Advocacy and Activism: How We Train Physicians for a Career That Acknowledges the Importance and Inclusion of Advocacy

Friday, March 10, 2023 / 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM (PST)

Dr. Marcela Azevedo is a co-founder and current President of the Ohio Physicians for Reproductive Rights (OPRR), an organization formed in the wake of the overturn of Roe v Wade with a focus on restoring reproductive freedom to the citizens of Ohio. She currently is a Staff Interventional Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician at the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Originally from Brazil, Dr. Azevedo received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in 2010 and then her medical doctorate from The Ohio State University. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH and subsequently a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Indiana University. Most recently, Dr Azevedo completed a fellowship in Interventional Pulmonology at the Cleveland Clinic.

As a founder of OPRR, Dr. Azevedo was integral in the establishment of the early physician network that led to multiple advocacy projects broadcasting the physician stance on abortion rights. As the current President, Dr. Azevedo has steered the mission of the group which now leads a citizen-led ballot initiative of a constitutional amendment to uphold abortion rights in the state of Ohio. This massive effort is done in collaboration with numerous advocates, political strategists, organizations and concerned citizens and highlights the need for healthcare voices in the political and activist arena.